PARISH NEWS

VILLAGE HALL NEWS March 2017

New disbled toilet facilities….

We now have greatly improved disabled toilet facilities, part funded by a generous grant from Bromsgrove District Council Small Grants Scheme. We want to continually enhance all aspects of the hall – with the aim of ensuring the benefits can be enjoyed by all members of the community.

A defibrillator for the village

The Village Hall Committee are delighted to announce that we have now installed a public access defibrillator at the entrance to the hall. While we have not yet raised the full cost we were anxious to go ahead and obtain this valuable and potentially life saving resource. We are very grateful for the help and support offered by Rob Underwood of Charlotte and Craig Saving Hearts Foundation who has also offered to deliver some training for us – more info to follow. Please find out more about this very worthwhile charity by visiting their website http://www.ccshf.org.uk

2016 Village Show

On Saturday 3rd September 2016 we held the Village Show at the Hall. The weather was not kind to us this year, but the show was well supported by stalwart villagers who entered their produce and took part in the auction. The WI served teas and there were interesting stalls for people to browse.

Winners of the various cups were as follows:

McClelland Cup for Flowers  and the Ryland Cup for vegetables – Terry Hardy

Topsy and Bill Hobbs Trophy for Vegetables and the Burchell Challenge Cup – Karen Yates

Suffield Shield for Domestic – Diane Cross

Jill Findon Rosebowl for Floral Art – Rosemarie Ryan

Steve Godber Trophy for Children – Charlotte Godwin

The proceeds of the auction went towards the upkeep of the Village Hall. On the day takings were over £700.

There is now a space for a new member on the Village Hall Committee. If you have some time to give something back to the village and would be interested in joining this fun committee, even if you are a brand new resident, please contact the Secretary Fran Rogers on 01527 872109.

CURRENT AND FUTURE USERS

Monday to Thursday -:  Finstall Pre-school Playgroup 9.30am to 1.15pm. Emma Martin Tel-07903560787

Monday-: Michelle Baker, Tel-07702404077/Fran Merrony Tel-01386792087 Chi and Tea (Tai Chi Class) 7.00pm-8.30pm.

WI Finstall and Cofton Hackett (meet first Monday of every month)

Tuesday-: WI Finstall Cross 7.00pm-9.00pm (meet second Tuesday of every month).

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (third Tuesday of every month). Karen Edgar Tel-07811172767.

WI Finstall Cross crafts (forth Tuesday of every month) 7.00pm-9.00pm.

Wednesday-: 4th May to 8th June 7.30 – 9.30pm Bible class with Nick Barnes

Louise Morey -Tai Chi 1.30pm-2.30pm and Stretch and Tone 2.30pm-3.30pm.

Thursday-: .

Beavers (for young children, the scouts group) 5.00pm-6.30pm. Link-: www.finstallscouts.co.uk

Friday-: Cubs 6.00pm-7.30pm/Scouts 7.30pm-9.30pm. Link-: www.finstallscouts.co.uk

THE VILLAGE HALL SONG

The Rhyme of Finstall Village

Tune – “the Vicar of Bray”

In Ancient records Finstall Heath

Doth often find a mention.

Of manor lands it formed a part,

It’s not a new invention.

Stoke Prior monks ruled, ‘tis said

Casbridge and Little Finstall,

By Withybrook their steps they sped

To shrine of stately Godwall

Chorus – Now let us sing, we will maintain

Mid all our toil and tillage

With loyal heart the ancient fame

And lore of Finstall Village

As years rolled on where once was heath

Grew up in due rotation,

The farmers’ broad and waving crops,

The gardeners’ vegetation.

One after one our cottage homes

Sprang up in due succession,

The plough turned up the rabbit holes,

And man came in possession.

Chorus – Now let us prize, whate’er betide

Mid all our toil and tillage

The hearths and homes that are the pride

And love of Finstall Village.

Still as the years roll on, they bring

A change to all our quiet,

The railway mounts the steep incline,

The motor cars run riot.

The telegraph and telephone

Spread out in all directions

And bind us with the world at large

In intimate connections.

Chorus – But howsoever we may range

And go from toil and tillage

To see the world we will not change

Our love of Finstall Village.

Within its midst we will contrive

Some way to hold together,

And keep our hearts and hands alive

Whatever be the weather.

We’ll raise a house of wood and stone

Where one and all may muster

Within its walls one aim we’ll own

And round its doors we’ll cluster

Chorus – Now let us sing, we will maintain

Mid all our toil and tillage

A place to keep out wind and rain

And meet in Finstall Village

The thing is done – and we have here

A common ground of meeting,

Where everyone can find a place

And ready smile of greeting.

One brick away would quite have spoilt

The building’s sure foundation:

So all are needed, each can help,

Whate’er his work or station.

Chorus – Now let us sing, we will maintain

Mid all our toil and tillage

Of firm good will the glorious reign

And rule of Finstall Village

NEWS AND EVENTS

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